A crowned tooth died and now the dentist recommends a root canal?
Question: A tooth (No. 14) has had a filling and a partial crown (1-2
years ago), and recently the nerve died and the tooth is starting to get
infected - can such tooth be healed without performing a root canal or
extraction of the tooth itself - and how would one go about it?
Answer: If the tooth nerve is indeed dead, then the worst part of a root canal procedure is already over. Typically a root canal is going to remove a partially or completely vital tooth nerve. Since this is not the case with your tooth, the question is, how to best treat it. In general, because your natural teeth cannot be replaced, you want to try to keep your tooth. I would investigate an alternative type of root canal with lasers, or with endocal 10. These should seal up the tooth nicely. In your case it feels like you need to go and get this taken care of in some way. Please do not avoid taking care of yourself.
If you do not trust your dentists opinion, then get a second opinion.
Unfortunately a tooth situation such as yours is a clear example of the problem with conventional dentistry. The crown which was meant to save your tooth, eventually lead to the death of the tooth. Since drilling on a tooth always is going to traumatize the tooth to some degree.Tooth Decay Support Main Page
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